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New Jersey
Jun 11, 2017 1:59 PM CST
I planted a three year old size oakleaf hydrangea-alice from an online retailer last fall. It is now mid June and it is showing signs of possible winter damage. There is no new leaf growth. The stems are green underneath though. I`ve kept it watered. So, should I dig it up or just be patient and see what happens? Its planted in full sun with well draining soil in zone 7 seashore climate.
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Name: Anne
Summerville, SC (Zone 8a)
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Jun 11, 2017 2:11 PM CST
Hi and welcome to NGA!

Mine pretty much did the same thing last year. I cut it back and started feeding it weekly with the 1tbs per gallon stuff and took off like a rocket after a few weeks. Start feeding it and give it a month or two .. if it's still not happy, dig it up and move it somewhere else with a different kind of sun - like morning sun afternoon shade .. sometimes plant just don't like the 'view'.
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North Central TX (Zone 8a)
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Jun 11, 2017 5:57 PM CST
I've not had a problem like that with mine. I rarely feed it. I think my neighbor's sprinkler might water it some. Perhaps yours is getting too much sun. Mine is in part shade. In fact it gets more shade every year due to a neighbor's tree and it seems to do better every year. Good luck!
Clay, Alabama (Zone 7b)
Jun 11, 2017 9:42 PM CST
I have a border of Oakleaf Snow Queen, Alice and Pee Wee. They thrive in the shady area along the tree line with just a few hours of morning sun.

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